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Where we’ve been? Attending the May 2018 National Science Board Meeting ?>

Where we’ve been? Attending the May 2018 National Science Board Meeting

  This month, the National Science Board convened to review multiple initiatives from the National Science Foundation. The board discussed the NSF’s activities to support the skilled technical workforce, provided an update on appropriations, unveiled the agency’s new stewardship model and presented plans to generate new research ideas. Supporting the skilled technical workforce For the past year, the board has been conducting a number of listening sessions to better understand the United States’ skilled technical workforce.  Early in the life…

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Episode 8 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available ?>

Episode 8 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available

The eighth episode of the ASBMB science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics,” is now available. In this episode, the ASBMB public affairs staff provides an update on fiscal year 2019 appropriations and the ASBMB’s response to the National Science Foundation’s new policy on harassment reporting on agency funded projects. Staff members also discuss the recently released National Academies report on supporting the next generation of biomedical and behavioral researchers, and the recommendations that the ASBMB submitted to the National Institutes…

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Science policy weekly roundup: May 11, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 11, 2018

The ASBMB responds to the NSF’s efforts to address sexual harassment in science The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee sent recommendations in response to the NSF’s request for comments on Important Notice No. 144, regarding the agency’s efforts to address sexual misconduct and harassment in the science community. The ASBMB PAAC recommended that NSF help establish standardized methods across universities to investigate misconduct claims; ensure privacy of reporters of sexual harassment; and publicize the…

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Science policy weekly update: April 6, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly update: April 6, 2018

White House discusses how to reduce funding from passed budget President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are looking to cut billions of dollars from the fiscal 2018 funding bill passed last month. Using a legislative tactic called a rescission resolution, the White House’s budget-reduction proposal would need the support of a majority of U.S. senators, which is unlikely to happen given that the Republicans hold the Senate majority by only one person. Trump also is seeking line-item veto power over…

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Science policy weekly roundup: March 30, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: March 30, 2018

How the NIH has fared under Trump in defiance of the administration’s proposed budget cuts, Congress has increased the budget of the National Institutes of Health by $5 billion during President Donald Trump’s tenure. The NIH leadership and its initiatives like the Cancer Moonshot have carried over from the Obama administration, providing a stable transition for scientists to continue their work. Read more here.   NIH considers more assertive enforcement of its confidentiality policies in proposal reviews The NIH is looking…

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Science policy weekly roundup: March 23, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: March 23, 2018

FY18 omnibus will give boost to federal science agencies The $1.3 trillion spending bill passed the U.S. House and Senate on Thursday to fund the government for FY18. The bill will give a $3 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health, a $330 million increase to the National Science Foundation, and a $868 million increase to the Department of Energy Office of Science. Read science policy analyst André Porter’s post for more information. Trump signs spending bill after threatening…

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Science Policy Weekly Roundup: March 16, 2018 ?>

Science Policy Weekly Roundup: March 16, 2018

Share the importance of your research in an op-ed Join the ASBMB in advocating for the importance of research funding from March 19 to April 11 by writing an op-ed for your local paper. Op-eds help your legislators understand the importance of research and how it affects their constituents. Watch our webinar on how to write an op-ed, and then sign up here to make your voice heard. Lawmakers disagree on details of budget as government shutdown looms, again Congressional…

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Episode 6 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available ?>

Episode 6 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available

The sixth episode of the ASBMB science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics” is now available. ASBMB public affairs staff members discuss the U.S. House science committee’s hearing on sexual harassment and misconduct in science, the National Science Foundation’s efforts to combat sexual misconduct, and the White House’s report on science and technology in the first year of the Trump administration. Analysis and rebuttal by Matt Hourihan of AAAS of several claims in the White House report can be found here. …

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Science policy weekly roundup: February 9, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: February 9, 2018

The ASBMB issues a statement on the passage of budget deal After Congress passed a two-year budget deal that would raise caps on nondefense discretionary spending by $130 billion, ASBMB Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb issued a statement praising the bill. Read more here.   Congress reaches bipartisan budget deal after brief government shutdown Congress passed its bipartisan budget deal early Friday morning, preventing a government shutdown from taking full effect. The two-year omnibus spending package authorizes a nearly $300…

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Episode 5 of Pipettes and Politics is available ?>

Episode 5 of Pipettes and Politics is available

In the latest episode of science policy podcast “Pipettes and Politics,” the ASBMB public affairs staff discusses the recently passed bipartisan budget deal and its potential effects on the science community. Science policy analyst André Porter examines the new policy guidelines from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation regarding sexual harassment in the lab and at meetings. Porter also discusses the release of the National Science Board’s policy companion statement to its 2018 Science and Engineering…

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